Hmm, am puzzling over the distinction between synergy and emergent properties. I found this –
“Today, unfortunately, the term emergence is used in a bewildering variety of ways, often as a synonym for synergy. However, I side with the early theorists; emergence should properly be confined to those forms of synergy in which different parts merge, lose their identity and take on new physical or functional properties. Thus table salt has emergence properties…”
(Corning, 2003: 23)
Corning, P. 2003. Nature’s Magic: Synergy in Evolution and the Fate of Humankind. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
and I guess it’s about a dialectic – where the “two” “opposing” “forces” are both/all changed into something – ‘rich and strange‘.
And being able to leverage and guide ’emergent properties’ – either to monetise them or Save The World (“transition management and other forms of hubristic cock-pitism). Well, I reckon the former is easier than the latter, sadly…
Meanwhile, the coincidence (?) between emergent and emergency rattled my brain and out popped two song lyrics.
“And it happens to be an emergency
Some things aren’t meant to be
Some things don’t come for free”
Put down that weapon by Midnight Oil
“We need all hands helping, the urgency is overwhelming” (TV Smith, Home Town)
That’s just how my (odd?) memory works, as distinct from beserk autobiographical memory.